Assessing Nantucket’s Relationship with Coastal Erosion Public
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Erosion on Nantucket is an increasing threat to public and private property. In addition to observations in the field, we interviewed and surveyed stakeholders to identify erosion mitigation measures applicable to Nantucket in general and Madaket in particular. We recommend the town consider implementing a sand motion study, creating artificial reefs, dredging/beach nourishment, stabilizing dunes (by planting grasses, erecting fencing, and limiting beach access points), and installing shoal modules. Policies that restrict beach driving and establish property setbacks may also be effective. Finally, future success will require much greater coordination of erosion control efforts between the town, local organizations (such as the Civic League), and property owners.
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